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Barbara Orpineda, 31, a counselor at Arp Elementary, was arrested and released Oct. 25. She was charged with two counts of improper relationship between educator and student and two counts of sexual assault. According to AISD Superintendent Dwight Thomas, Orpineda has been employed by the district for five years, two as a junior high math teacher and three as elementary school counselor. more
The United States Supreme Court, on Monday, Oct. 30, denied a request to review the case of Kimberly Cargill, according to the court’s website. Cargill, as reported in “Tri County Leader” July 2010, was originally arrested “on charges of felony injury to a child,” after which she was jailed when “the investigation widened to include the death of Cherry Walker, 29, whose body was found June 19 on County Road 2191.” According to TCL archives, Walker’s body was found “just five days before she was set to testify in a Child Protective Services hearing regarding Cargill’s abuse charges.” more
Election Day is November 7 and polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting continues through November 3. Polls are open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 and from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 2 and 3. more
Marching bands from Troup and Arp Independent School Districts both advanced from Region 21 to Area competition. Of the Class 3A bands that vied for a place in the finals, only 10 would find a spot. Of those ten, four bands were certified to advance to State competition Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio. more
Community Activities Whitehouse UMC to host fall extravaganza Whitehouse United Methodist Church (UMC) invites the public to a BBQ lunch and fall extravaganza from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. more
Members of cheer squads from the Troup Youth Association competed in the Tri-County Youth Cheer Competition Saturday, Oct. 28, at John Tyler Gymnasium. Besides Troup, other schools that competed in the cheer contest were Whitehouse, Chapel Hill, Henderson, Tyler Lions and East Texas Longhorns. more
The Star, The Globe, The National Inquirer have nothing on the newspapers of the 19th century and the early 20th century. These papers left no stone unturned or any “juicy” story untold. The life of your ancestor and the lives of those people just like them can be traced in the newspapers. The denominational newspapers were also full of births, deaths, marriages and editorials on how you should vote and feel about every subject imaginable. more
Smith County’s Precinct 1 Constable began serving a six-month sentence in federal prison last week after pleading guilty to four counts of willfully failing to pay his federal income taxes in September. Constable Henry Jackson began serving his term at the Seagoville Unit near Dallas on Friday, Oct. 27. After his release, he will be subject to an additional year of probation. more
Thursday, Nov.2 – 4:15/5:30 p.m., 9th grade B/9th grade A football vs. Corsicana at Corsicana Tiger Stadium; 5:30 p.m., JV football at Corsicana at Wildcat Stadium; 6:00 p.m., First Ladies Drill Team tryout meeting, lecture hall; 7:00 p.m., Wildcat Theatre presents “Godspell”, tickets are $5.00 each but admission is free with district ID more
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